Vintage and classic cars in India

There has been an increased craze for vintage, neo-classic, classic cars among some of the passionate ones who do not mind buying an old, worn-out car from any part of India with a reasonably higher price, the love for the vintage or classic cars are so much some buyers that they hunt for them through different websites, dealers and even persuade the owner of such cars for a buy deal.
Cars manufactured between 1900 to 1939 are considered as the antiques or vintages and the post-independence (from 1947 to 1959) manufactured cars are the classics and the post 1960 cars are neo-classics. Neo-classics are the ones we see in neo-classic Hindi movies, such as Don (Amitabh’s) and many other action movies of 70’s.
It’s been witnessed that market for old cars have grown by about 300%, from the above 3 categories neo-classic cars are on a high demand due to its appeal to the young. Some like collect cars like 1977 Mercedes SLC 450 or the 1968 mini cooper (known as red-mini) while some go for 1966 VW Karmann Ghia.
Chandigarh is the best place to have such deals finalized; even it’s the best place for any sort car or bike modifications due to its reputation for its refurbishing work. Dealers send the images of such cars to their prospective buyers, if the buyer likes then he pays a visit to the dealer’s place to seal the deal. As these cars are the worn-out ones lot of renovation has to be done after the purchase.
Cost of neo-classic car: Depending on the conditions a neo classic can be available between a price range of 2 to 2.5 lac; restoration may take 1 or 2 years and may cost you lot according to the kind of refurbishment you wish, Some do not mind blow up even 10 to 15 lac for the renovation job alone.
Another piece of advice is to regular drive, these neo-classic cars may die soon if they are not regularly driven.
Read the history of the car before the purchase and try to find out the spares from the web, it’s not wise to let the mechanic get spares for you. Most of the times these cars when purchased are just scrap metal.
The demand for the post 1960 cars have gone up to great extent, one owner of such cars said they used to be available with a price of 30to 40 k but now its has gone up almost 10 times to 3 lacs. These owners buy these junk and restore it and feel a sense of satisfaction. They feel it enhances their style quotient.
Like the old car segment old bike segment has its passionate buyers, mostly the older bikes are available in smaller towns of U.P especially in Meerut, Bulandshahr and Muzaffarnagar.
Names of some of the demanding old cars
1960 Chevrolet Impala
1966 VW Karmann Ghia
1967 Pontiac GTO
1968 Mini Cooper
1970 Chevrolet Nova
1977 Mercedes SLC 450
1962 Mercedes 190 Ponton
1927 Austin 7
1937 Austin Cambridge
1958 Kingsway Dodge
1972 VW Voyager Beetle
Names of some of the motor cycles
1960 Lambretta scooter
1947 Morris Minor
1962 Austin Cambridge
1969 VW beetel
1960 vespa scooter with a sidecar
1960 Royal Enfield Ensign 105 cc motor cycle
1960 BMW R26 motorcycle
By Dipti Prasad Padhi

By : | Category : Sports| Date : November 14,2011

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